What it is: Subscription-based dog products
Manufacturer: BarkBox, Inc. New York, NY
If you and your pooch enjoy surprises, you’ll want to check out this subscription program by BarkBox, Inc. Each month, the company will send you a box of dog products which are specially chosen to be a good fit for your dog.
Each BarkBox contains a combination of canine treats, apparel, dietary supplements and other neat goodies. You won’t know exactly what the BarkBox contains until you open it, so it will be a surprise for you as well as for your dog.
When you sign up for BarkBox service on their website, you’ll supply some basic information about your dog, then choose a service plan from three plans available:
- $25 for a month to month plan
- $21/month for a 3-month plan
- $17/month for a 6-month plan
All plans include free shipping in the U.S. ($5/month shipping in Canada). Shipments are sent on the 15th of each month via USPS and FedEx.
Each BarkBox you receive will be different and will include four to eight products like bully sticks, bones, toys, shampoos, gadgets and hygiene products from well-known manufacturers like Himalayan Dog Chews, Petprojekt, Nature’s Miracle, Yellow Dog Bakery, PetEdge, SmartBones and other suppliers of high-quality products.
Our review BarkBox shipment arrived at our door in a sturdy carton and contained the following:
- one 7-ounce package of Little Eatz Cinnamon Crunch treats
- one 2.5-gram package of K-10+ Multi-vitamin supplement
- one 20-bag package of Eco Dog Planet Doggie Waste Bags made from Tapioca plants
- a 4-packet Freezy Pups Kit to make frozen dog treats
- one Barkworthies 3″ Bully Stick Ring.
Our dogs loved “helping” us open the BarkBox and were eager to test the treats right away. They seemed to know that the package was for them. Such smart dogs!
BarkBoxes are a novel way to keep things interesting for your dog at a modest cost and to discover new treats or toys your dog would enjoy. BarkBox subscriptions also make a nice gift for other dog lovers (there is an application form for gift subscriptions on the BarkBox website).
A nice monthly surprise to look forward to plus quality products and the fact that the company donates 10 percent of the profits from each BarkBox sold to local shelters and rescues all adds up to a big paws up from us!
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Disclosure: We received a sample BarkBox for review; we were not paid for our review and all opinions are entirely our own.